The Best Summer-Themed Movies to Watch When You're Struggling With Summertime Boredom

Summer is so exciting… until you realize you have literally no activities planned to fill up those long, scorching hot days.

So what can you do when you have nothing going on? Have a movie marathon, of course!

Keep scrolling for nine summer-themed movies that will cure your seasonal boredom—at least temporarily.

The Sandlot 

Set in the summer of 1962, The Sandlot is guaranteed to have you dreaming of a simpler time where bikes, baseball and swimming were the preferred summer activities. The hilarious antics of this lovable crew are sure to keep you laughing through the boredom—and will probably make you a little bit thankful that you're not getting into any real trouble this summer.

The Sandlot Boys

(The Sandlot via Twentieth Century Fox)


The Way, Way Back 

A lesser known comedy-drama, The Way, Way Back follows 14-year-old Duncan during his summer vacation with his mom and her irritating boyfriend. It has just the right dose of humor to keeps things lighthearted, but it's also a touching commentary on the power of summer friendships.

Duncan From The Way Way Back

(The Way, Way Back via Sycamore Pictures)


National Lampoon's Vacation 

A summer classic, National Lampoon's Vacation is sure to make you a little appreciative that you're hanging out at home and not stuck on a disastrous road trip with your family. And if you are heading out on a family trip, it'll be a good reminder of what not to do. Either way, it's a movie that's guaranteed to make you laugh, and what more could you want out of a summer movie marathon?

National Lampoons Vacation Family in Car

(National Lampoon's Vacation via Warner Bros.)



If you're searching for something that'll make your heart beat a little faster this summer, Jaws is a classic option that never disappoints. You might not want to head to the beach afterwards, but it's a nice reminder that your summer could be going a lot worse.

Jaws Shark

(Jaws via Zanuck/Brown Productions)


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 

The perfect homage to the power of friendship, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will definitely take your mind off of missing your gals. Following the separate adventures of this squad will help you to remember that you can still have an awesome break without seeing your friends every day—even if you don't have a magical pair of pants to bond you together.

Girls From The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

(Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants via Warner Bros.)


The Last Song 

A passion-filled summer romance is the ultimate dream. Even though we can't help you find someone to fall in love with, we can suggest one of our favorite stories to stand in for the actual thing. The Last Song is guaranteed to make you a little teary-eyed, and it's a nice reminder that love can be found in the most unlikely places.

The Last Song

(The Last Song via Touchstone Pictures)


Cheaper by the Dozen 2 

Summer might be good for bonding with friends, but it's also a great time to catch up with your family. Even if you don't have 10 brothers and sisters to keep up with, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 will remind you that family should always come first. Plus, you can be thankful that your dad isn't making you train for a competition this summer and you get to binge-watch movies instead.

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Family

(Cheaper by the Dozen 2 via Twentieth Century Fox)



Honestly, if mermaids are involved, we're always down. This film is the perfect "fish out of water" story that'll remind you to be a little adventurous this summer. Plus, it totally makes us believe that mermaids are alive and well, and we just need to hunt for one to get our own special wish.

Aquamarine Girls

(Aquamarine via Fox 2000 Pictures)


The Parent Trap 

Another classic addition to our list, The Parent Trap is the perfect story of summer camp-gone-awry. You might not find your long-lost twin this summer, but you can watch Lindsay Lohan talk to herself for two hours, and honestly, isn't that better?

The Parent Trap

(The Parent Trap via Cinema Vehicle Services)


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